9 World-Famous Brands You Can Hardly Recognize Abroad

Large companies often change the names of the same goods from country to country. If you find yourself looking for a product in a foreign store for hours with no luck, it may be distributed “under a pseudonym” in this country.
Think About Network invites you to find out which world-famous brands change their names in other countries and the reasons they have for doing it.

Burger King

The first Burger King appeared in the USA in 1954, and since then the brand has started to open new restaurants under this name all over the world. However, before entering the Australian market, the company’s executives found out that there already exists a brand with the same name. Therefore, Burger King invented a new name for Australia: Hungry Jack’s.

Axe

The Unilever company founded Axe in France in 1983, but in some countries the name had been already “occupied“ by other brands. In addition, in English-speaking countries, it’s hard to associate the direct meaning of the word ”axe” with perfumery. To distribute the products in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and China, the company took the name Lynx.

Danone

Danone was founded by Spanish pharmacist Isaac Carasso. He named the brand after his son Daniel (Danone is his family nickname). When entering the US market, company executives decided to make the brand name more “American“: Dannon. The former name was wrongly pronounced by Americans, who divided it into two words: ”dan” and “one.” So don’t be surprised at the unusual name of a familiar product — it’s not a mistake.

Rexona

As well as Axe (Lynx), Rexona is a brand of the Unilever company. In the United Kingdom, it’s known as Sure, in the USA — Degree, in Japan — Rexena, and in South Africa — Shield.

Mr. Clean

The record holder for the number of renames is the brand Mr. Clean. In almost every large country, this cleaning agent has its own name. Here are just a few: Mr. Clean (USA, Canada), Meister Proper (Germany), Monsieur Propre (France), Maestro Limpio (Mexico and Latin America), Mastro Lindo (Italy). The UK and Ireland simply called it Flash.
Source: highnames.com

Crest

Procter&Gamble has been manufacturing Crest toothpaste since 1955. In Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, and some other countries it has another name: Blend-a-med.

Dove

You can buy Dove chocolate in most countries all over the world, yet the same product in the UK, Egypt, and India is called Galaxy.

Twix

This chocolate bar was originally called Raider and was first produced in the UK in 1967. In 1979, the product was imported to the USA under the name Twix. Yet in many European countries, it’s still sold under the brand name Raider.

Lay’s

Walkers was founded in the UK in 1948. In 1989, PepsiCo, the producer of Lay’s chips, purchased Walkers. After that, the British chips changed design but kept the same name: Walkers.
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New York Times Reveals Names Of Officials Who Helped Devin Nunes ObtainIntelligence Reports

The House Intelligence Committee chair vowed to “never” reveal where he got his information.

The New York Times on Thursday revealed the names of two White House officials who helped Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) obtain information suggesting Trump transition officials were inadvertently swept up in surveillance operations.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick is the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council. Michael Ellis, who worked as general counsel on Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee, is a lawyer working at the White House Counsel’s Office on national security issues.

The two men “played a role” in getting the documents to Nunes, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, the Times reports. Nunes’ committee is investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election.

Earlier this month, Trump claimed in a tweet that former President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower, offering no evidence. Nunes said if you “take the tweets literally, then clearly the president was wrong.” But Nunes later said he had information from a “source” that Trump and members of his transition team were inadvertently included in routine surveillance of suspected foreign spies.

Nunes then briefed the president on the matter, raising doubts about Nunes’ ability to lead an impartial probe.

CNN reported Monday that Nunes met with a source on the White House grounds in order to view the secret documents about the surveillance.

On Tuesday, Nunes vowed to “never” reveal where he got his information, even to other members of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes’ spokesman said the chairman “will not confirm or deny speculation about his source’s identity, and he will not respond to speculation from anonymous sources.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to deny the Times’ report during his daily press briefing on Thursday. A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that Nunes has Ryan’s “full confidence,” but said Ryan does not know Nunes’ source.

Shortly after the Times’ story was published, White House counsel Donald McGahn sent Nunes and his Democratic counterpart on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a letter inviting them to visit the White House and view classified intelligence documents.

The letter appeared to be a response to a March 15 request from Nunes and Schiff asking the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency for information about the process of naming Americans in intelligence reports after they are swept up in incidental surveillance efforts.

“In the ordinary course of business, National Security Council staff discovered documents that we believe are responsive to your March 15, 2017 letter to intelligence agencies,” McGahn wrote.

It is unusual for the White House to respond to a congressional query directed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Schiff told reporters he did not know if the documents he was invited to view were the same intelligence reports Nunes had earlier claimed showed that the Trump team was subject to incidental surveillance. The California Democrat accepted the invitation, but told reporters that he was concerned with the “circuitous” way that the documents were being shared.

Michael Flynn: People Granted Immunity ‘Probably Have Committed A Crime’

These 2016 remarks aren’t aging well for the former national security adviser.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, reportedly seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony in investigations of Russia’s ties to Donald Trump’s campaign, said last year that such deals mean “you’ve probably committed a crime.”

Flynn wasn’t even asked about immunity during his Sept. 25 appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Instead, he was asked about Trump’s debate preparation and whether it was enough.

Instead, he chose to respond to something that apparently had been mentioned earlier in the show.

“The very last thing that John Podesta just said is ‘No individual too big to jail.’ That should include people like Hillary Clinton,” he said. “I mean, five people around her have been given immunity, to include her former chief of staff.”

Then, he said:

“When you are given immunity, that means that you probably have committed a crime.”

Flynn ― who also led “Lock her up” chants at the Republican National Convention ― was referring to the investigation into Democratic candidate Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state.

She was not charged with a crime.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Flynn is seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony to the FBI, the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The newspaper said none of the three has accepted an immunity offer.

Flynn resigned from his role in the Trump administration after just 24 days on the job when it was revealed that he had discussed American sanctions against Russia with its ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, before Trump took office.

Flynn had previously denied having those discussions.

Sean Spicer Gives Bizarre Non-Denial Of News Story That Said WhiteHouse Sources Helped Devin Nunes

“If I start going down the path of confirming and denying one thing, we’re going down a very slippery slope.”

WASHINGTON ― Sean Spicer would neither confirm nor deny on Thursday a New York Times report that two White House officials may have been sources for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). The White House press secretary dodged questions during his daily briefing by bizarrely claiming it was not his job to answer them.

Spicer said reporters asking questions about it “assumes that the reporting is correct,” but he did not deny the report outright.

“In order to comment on that story would be to validate certain things that I’m not at liberty to do,” he said.

He then repeatedly lectured reporters for not focusing on “the substance,” even though one major mystery of Nunes’ handling of his investigation of ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and Russian officials concerns why he was meeting with an unnamed source on White House grounds the day before alleging Trump’s team was subject to “incidental” surveillance.

“Your obsession with who talked to whom and when is not the answer here. It should be the substance,” Spicer said. “In the same way that when you guys print a story with 18 anonymous sources, your obsession is the substance. It seems now that you continue to look at it from a backwards prism, which is, you know, ‘What happened? Who drove in what gate? Who did they meet with? What were they wearing?’ As opposed to the substance.”

“I never said we would provide you answers. I said we would look into it,” he added later.

“If I start going down the path of confirming and denying one thing, we’re going down a very slippery slope,” he said. “I’ve made my position very clear on that.”

Yet earlier this week, Spicer vigorously denied a Washington Post report that said Justice Department officials tried to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying at a hearing that Nunes later canceled, based on letters the paper obtained.

“The Washington Post story is entirely false,” Spicer said in a statement. “The White House has taken no action to prevent Sally Yates from testifying and the Department of Justice specifically told her that it would not stop her and to suggest otherwise is completely irresponsible.”

CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to clarify the officials cited by the Washington Post were with the Justice Department.

Michael Flynn Seeks Immunity In Exchange For Testifying To Congress, FBI

According to the Wall Street Journal, Flynn’s offer has not been accepted.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as national security adviser to President Donald Trump, is seeking immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying to those conducting investigations into the president’s ties to Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

According to the report, Flynn made the offer to the FBI, the House intelligence committee and the Senate intelligence committee. All three entities are currently investigating whether Trump’s associates had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the Wall Street Journal, none of them have yet accepted Flynn’s offer.

NBC’s Peter Alexander confirmed part of the WSJ report:

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BREAKING: Ousted Natl Security Adviser Michael Flynn has told Senate Intel Cmte he will testify in Russia probe in exchange for immunity.

Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, confirmed in a statement that “discussions have taken place” with both committees, but declined to provide details on what those discussions entailed.

“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner wrote. “Out of respect for the Committees, we will not comment right now on the details of discussions between counsel for General Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, other than to confirm that those discussions have taken place.”

Spokespeople for both the chairman and ranking member of the House intelligence committee denied the Wall Street Journal report.

“No, Michael Flynn has not offered to testify to [the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] in exchange for immunity,” Jack Langer, a spokesman for House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

A committee aide said committee Democrats “have not received an offer to testify to the committee for immunity.”

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. Spokespeople for the chairman and ranking member of the Senate committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

While Flynn’s attorney didn’t explicitly confirm Flynn’s request for immunity, he argued that his client is the target of “unfounded allegations” and “outrageous claims,” and should not be blamed for seeking “assurances” prior to agreeing to testimony.

“No reasonable person, who has the benefit of advice from counsel, would submit to questioning in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurances against unfair prosecution,” he said.

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A statement by counsel to General Flynn.